Optimism and Senior Health

rosasHi this is Anthony Diaz. Some people say I am a very happy person. That is true, I am. I love my family. I love my work I have so many things to be happy about. Did you know that some older adults who continue to feel good and stay active well into their senior years experience less health problems? Positive thinking and optimism plays a significant role.

Being optimistic and having a positive attitude will not only make seniors happier, it may also improves their overall health later in life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to researchers, having a positive attitude may promote recovery from disability by limiting the cardiovascular response to stress, improving physical balance, enhancing self-efficacy, and increasing engagement in healthy behaviors.

Health Benefits to Seniors of Positive Thinking:
•Increased life span
•Lower levels of distress
•Lower rates of depression
•Greater resistance to the common cold
•Better psychological and physical well-being
•Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
•Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Another study that was recently published in the American Heart Association found that people who identified themselves as optimists were significantly less likely to have heart failure than those who did not practice positive thinking. According to the study, happier people were 73 percent less likely to have heart problems than those who are pessimistic.

At Rosa’s we encourage our residents to bask in the sun, participate in yoga, and in our weekend BBQ’s as well as other activities that help promote a positive attitude.

Dealing with Incontinence

Hi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’s Chante. Today I want to talk about something that we are often too embarrassed to talk about. That is incontinence. It is more common than you may think, with over 12 million United States residents suffering from it every day. People of all ages can suffer from the inconvenient and embarrassing condition, but the majority of those who do feel the effects of it are over the age of sixty. If you are planning to or already do care for the elderly then it is an issue that you will have to face sooner rather than later.

Unfortunately, the elderly are at risk of having at least one of the many causes of incontinence. These include, but are not limited to weakened pelvic muscles, urinary tract infections, an enlarged prostate gland in men, diabetes, high calcium levels within the body, and an inability to move around. Most elderly people have at least one of the above, if not a combination of them and thus they cannot control their urinary functioning.

Unfortunately, incontinence is not necessarily treatable in the elderly. Younger people who suffer from incontinence can do a series of exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles or practice bladder control exercises. However, it is unreasonable to expect the elderly to do this. Medication is available to help to stem the problem, especially if the senior in question has a bladder, kidney or urinary tract infection, but it is not advisable for diabetics to take it and it may actually make symptoms worse. It is a natural part of aging and should be accepted as such really.

This doesn’t help you if you are caring for someone who suffers from incontinence. You may well find yourself changing him or her every hour or so, which would also create a sense of embarrassment and discomfort for the individual in question. This also runs the risk of getting pressure sores. However, you can purchase incontinence pad that work much the same as nappies, absorbing moisture and sealing it away from the body. Although it may not feel comfortable to wear them, it may certainly be much better than sitting in wet clothes.

Incontinence is an unfortunate problem for many members of the elderly population because it is a result of the body breaking down. It is just a matter of learning how to cope with it without making the senior you care for feel too embarrassed and ashamed. That is totally dependent on the individual.

Tasty Way to Empower Residents

takeoutHi this is Anthony Diaz from Rosa’s Chante. Yes I admit it that we have wonderful food and great cooks here at Rosa’s, and any given time when you knock on our door you will smell something wonderful cooking. Well, except for the days that we do take out.

Here at Rosa’s, at least once a week, we empower clients to talk to one another and make a choice of what takeout food they would like us to bring in. This has the residents talking to one another. Trying to make decisions together. They talk about what type of food they want, which day of the week Monday through Friday and what meal either lunch or dinner.

It has been fun watching them talk with one another about do we do fried chicken, Pizza or Chinese. What we have discovered is that they really care for one another and want to be sure whatever they order, everyone will enjoy it.

At Rosa’s, we understand little things like takeout, or a nice pizza on a Friday afternoon means a lot to our residents. We also understand the comradery it gives to them. More important, it helps with their cognition and the ability to make decisions.

Though for some, having residents order take out does not feel like a big deal, at Rosa’s we see it as a huge deal because it is a tasty way to empower our clients.